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Document Details


Title: Claudia Blair
Document type: Oral history
Accessibility: Free Only
Repository: Northern Arizona University. Cline Library. Special Collections and Archives Department
Collection: United Indian Traders Association Oral History Collection
Description: We always had a radio [at Mexican Water Trading Post in the late 1940’s], which at least we had news from that, and we had magazines that we got regularly, and we had people coming through. There were always salesmen and people who hauled the merchandise out. Occasionally, you know, even on those terribly bad roads, there would be tourists driving through, adventurous people. And there were people to talk to. Also, it was only about fifteen miles, I think, from Red Mesa, where Elijah's brother and sister-in-law operated a trading post. And Sundays we could get together. Then a little later on, the people that operated the pumping station at Boundary Butte, a couple from Arkansas that became very close friends, very dear to us, they would come down and have dinner with us, or we'd go up and have dinner with them in the evenings, and play canasta, and had quite a good time with them. It was just really fun times. There was a missionary couple also [who] came later. They didn't approve of our playing canasta. (chuckles) But they were people that you could talk to, and we got out, actually went to town maybe once a month.
Original Language: English
Time span: Not indicated ... to 1998 (Year of interview)
Speaker: Blair, Claudia, 1928-
Speaker gender: Female
Speaker date of birth: 16-Sep-1928
Speaker place of birth: Hindman, KY; Kentucky; United States; North America
Speaker race: White
Age at speaking: 70
Document location: Page, AZ
Document date: 09-Feb-1998
Interviewer: Underhill, Karen
Organizations discussed: United Indian Traders Assocation, 1931-1997
Locations discussed: North America; United States
Topics discussed - ASP terms: American Indian; Commerce; Indian reservations; Indians of North America; Indians of North America--Commerce; Navajo Indians--United States; North America; Oral history; Trading posts; United Indian Traders Assocation, 1931-1997; United States
ASP release: 2005-06
Document code: OHI0025985-27933